Veterans Homes In Minnesota Crumbling With Age

Minnesota is currently receiving pressure from communities as well as legislators to add three additional veteran homes in the state. State officials, however, are not willing to cave in unless funds are procured to repair the current veterans’ homes which are clearly in need of fixing up. The state has a total of five existing veterans homes scattered all over while the physical plants in the state are also starting to deteriorate. The same initiative is currently happening in Bournemouth as officials tend to the homes in the area by hiring professionals such as to fix the boiler.

The oldest building used for veterans’ homes in Minnesota was constructed around 1887. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs conducted a survey and determined that there are 2,300 repair projects all over the state. Of the overall value, 22 per cent of them are considered to be in poor state or rated as critical.

Larry Shellito, the commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs, said that they have identified buildings that have good points along with the bad and worse. These homes have showers but in case the pipe breaks, showering might be impossible for them.

The Department of Administration commissioner, Matt Massman, said that repairs are not as glamorous as constructing a new building. For now, they are in need of $2.8 billion funding in order to set aside for asset preservation which will be used within the next decade to repair all properties that are owned by the state.

The veterans’ homes in the state are located in Luverne, Minneapolis, Hastings, Silver Bay and Fergus Falls. The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently seeking $13.1 million in bonds to fund these repair projects.

The Silver Bay home, for example, has a very old boiler that is almost to the end of its operating life. The department needs at least $3.4 million in order to buy the replacement unit and it is essential since there is no backup in the said home. This is currently at the top of their list because the residents might not be able to survive the cold starting December or January.